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Blackwell dorm

ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3990 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
Too bad the dorm essentials thread got closed. I wanted to emphasize that the new Blackwell dorm is lacking quite a bit in shelf space. Not sure if this is the case in the other dorms. Anyhow I would highly recommend bringing in something with a couple of shelves and stick it in the closet. The closet is 23.5” deep. I would get something that is perhaps 4 feet high by 2 feet wide (depending on how much clothing you have, the closet is probably 5 or 6 feet wide) by 23 inches deep. My kid brought a lot of books and for now he has to put them underneath his computer desk, which leaves no leg room. The school should have also erected a shelf above the desk also. Plenty of space for that.

On the other hand it is nice that the dorm has 2 ceiling fans and included a fridge and microwave. There’s even an electric thermostat, though I suspect that may be for heat only. Looks like washer/dryers are on every floor. Nice workout room on the first floor.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3990 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Right now his alarm clock is on the floor next to the door since there is no nightstand or shelf other than his computer desk. It’s probably loud enough to wake up the entire floor lol. Good think it’s Alexa controlled, it wouldn’t surprise me if someone from another room told Alexa to shut up lol.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77784 replies678 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Nice workout room on the first floor.

    But is it redundant due to the proximity to the Recreational Sports Facility?
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3990 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @ucbalumnus funny, I asked my kid the same thing 2 nights ago. He said that he couldn’t find the weights at RSF, though I’m 100% sure they exist. The workout room at Blackwell has cardio machines and weights. Also a pool table and ping pong table outside in the lobby.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77784 replies678 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    https://recsports.berkeley.edu/rsf/ says:
    Weight Room

    Our three Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) weight rooms total 8,500 square feet and are equipped with Cybex machines, Cybex VR2 stations, a complete free weight set-up, Iron Grip and Tri Bar dumbbells, adjustable benches, Olympic squat racks, Gravitron pull-up stations and much, much more.

    Find the weight rooms in the first opening on the left of the Atrium and visit them during regular RSF hours to experience the variety!
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  • UpMagicUpMagic 1434 replies1 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    A separate workout room is worth it as there are people lined up for certain equipment in RSF.

    It sounds spoiled, but not having to cross the street but it's in the same building makes a huge motivational difference.
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  • socalemmasocalemma 58 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Blackwell looks nice! Kid wanted the units though. Having the time of her life! I have to resist texting her, lol. How’s your son doing?
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  • friscotexfriscotex 23 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    They did a great job with this dorm. I liked the study room and the view overlooking the campus on each floor. The bathrooms were nice as well. They didn't have the bathroom lockers that I was expecting so I am returning the lock we bought.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3990 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @socalemma he apparently is having a blast since he hasn’t bothered to communicate with me since Tuesday afternoon. He really likes his roommate, which is good.

    Yeah, for Blackwell, no bathroom lock needed, no Ethernet cable needed, no fan needed. They provided a laundry bag but my kid likes his hamper better. I went and bought a Flipsheld 4-shelf unit for his closet today at Staples. I think I’ll drop it off this weekend assuming he has some free time to let me in.
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  • UndercrackersUndercrackers 865 replies2 threadsRegistered User Member
    Getting into a new dorm like Blackwell is a treat. Try one of the old unit buildings (60's era, I think): forced triple, no fan, dim lighting, fridge/micro are extra rentals, no thermostat, washers/dryers on every other floor, old/worn/tired EVERYTHING. Sorry, D's freshman year - so, yeah, a little bitter :))
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  • UpMagicUpMagic 1434 replies1 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I bet it's the same washers and dryers from what I was using ~10 years ago which half of them were malfunctional and I lose all my quarters.
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  • TrashceptionTrashception 152 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I just got my summer housing offer and it is for Blackwell hall. I'm trying to see if it is one of the better dorms at UCB? How does it compare to the other dorms on campus?
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3990 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Blackwell is the newest dorm (less than one year old), so there’s obviously going to be some advantages there. Includes microwave and mini-fridge. Plus it’s a block away from the RSF and one of the closest dorms to campus, probably the closest dorm to campus depending on which building you are heading to. Almost all the rooms will be doubles, no triples, so you won’t have a bunk bed to deal with.

    The rooms won’t be as big as Clark-Kerr and some people don’t like the south dorm location as opposed to the more quieter/less social dorms on the northeast end. You have to go across the street to eat at Unit 3’s Cafe 3, though it’s only a half-block away.
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  • PadreDeTresPadreDeTres 147 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Son is currently in 2019 summer session as a junior transfer from CCC, living at the new Garden Village apartments south of campus. Great setup, a single with shared bathroom and big living room/kitchen. We waited and waited for his fall housing offer, radio silence. Finally last week I emailed to inquire. They sent a scary reply saying they would not have enough housing for all of the transfers; we should look off campus. (Yeah, right.) Almost simultaneously, my son received an offer for a Blackwell double. Whew. He has toured Blackwell with Cal friends and gives it a thumbs up. So it's not going to be all freshmen.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3990 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @PadreDeTres nice score by your son! Based on what I saw on Reddit, there are scattered non-freshmen on various floors at Blackwell this year, including my kid. My kid did get matched up with a freshman, which is fine with both of them.
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  • PadreDeTresPadreDeTres 147 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @ProfessorPlum168 ...and he will be chowing at Unit 3, as he has been all summer. Yes, even at the astronomical price, we are pretty happy. It's budgeted, and funds are waiting in the 529 account.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3990 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    yeah, Blackwell is quite hefty price-wise. TBH I was hoping he would find a roommate and stay at the Northside end where most of his classes are, but he really liked the convenience of being close to RSF. Plus he was too lazy to find a roommate, the ones he asked all wanted to join a frat supposedly (I'm not sure if I believe him). I suspect he didn't try very hard, he doesn't really have the personality to ask people anything. The main reason why I'm still on these boards - because I'm still on top of everything with his stuff at school unfortunately and I wind up knowing a lot more than I'd like to.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77784 replies678 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    yeah, Blackwell is quite hefty price-wise.

    Blackwell is only slightly more than the other dorms, but the dorms generally are pretty expensive at $17,835 for a double in Blackwell, $17,420 for most other doubles: https://housing.berkeley.edu/rates

    The cheap option is the BSC co-ops, at $7,446: https://www.bsc.coop/housing/academic-year-rates
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  • PadreDeTresPadreDeTres 147 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Logistical move-out/move-in day issue, for advice please. Son has his own cart and plastic bins which, sort of, will fit his meager belongings. He will be homeless for 5 hours on Tuesday as he transitions from Garden Village to Blackwell. (He has to be out at 10:00 am and his move-in is 3:00 pm.) Wife and I are flying up to Oakland on Sunday and staying near campus. We need to be on our way back to the airport via Lyft by 3:30 Tuesday at the latest. Ideas for where and how to hang out for 5 hours with a full handcart and no car? And how to get in to Blackwell efficiently? First world problems for sure. ;)
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3990 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    My personal opinion is that the move in times are to evenly distribute the number of cars coming in and out. Since you won’t have a car, If you’re perfectly willing to lug your stuff the 4 blocks from Garden Village to Blackwell, they possibly/probably will let you through at 10am or whenever you get there. You can check on Monday afternoon (My guess is that the front desk opens for business around 2pm) at Blackwell to see if that arrangement can be made. Or perhaps the Blackwell front desk can let you put your stuff off to the side for a few hours if they won’t let you check in.

    Otherwise there’s a Bounce Luggage storage that you can temporarily store your luggage (probably $5-6 a day) but that’s right at the BART station. Gee, having a bunch of stuff can be a major anchor.
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